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Preview - the all new BMW 3 Series for 2019

Wednesday 6th February 2019 14:41:27

BMW 3 Series 2019 preview

 

Key Notes

Background

Designed with a driver in mind

Performance

Reviews

 

Key Notes

 

  • Release date : 9th March 2019

  • Starting price : 320d from £33,610

  • 320d, 320d X-Drive and 330i petrol versions at launch

  • SE, Sport and M Sport levels

  • Touring and M340i models to follow

 

Background

 

The 7th generation of the BMW 3 Series is due in our showrooms on 9th March 2019. Coinciding with the new 19 plate cars on UK roads, the new 3 Series, known as the G20, is set to peak the interest of car buyers.new BMW 3 series 2019 front

 

The new 3 Series premiered at the Paris Motor Show in 2018. BMW say the new model has been designed with ‘clean, precise lines’ and to ‘emphasise superior driving dynamics’.

 

The 3 Series dates back over 40 years to 1975, from which time more than 15 million units have been sold.


 

Designed with a driver in mind

 

The new BMW 3 Series sees major changes to vehicle dimensions when compared to it’s predecessor. The G20 is 85mm longer (at 4,709mm), 16mm wider (at 1,827mm) but only fractionally taller by 1mm (now 1,442mm). The model also sees a bigger wheelbase (2,851mm) and track widths.

 

The new 3 Series is also around 55kg lighter than it’s previous incarnation. This saving is made, in part, by the use of aluminium side panels and bonnet.

 

The new model will provide a choice of two non-metallic and ten metallic colours. This choice will include the new metallic Portimao Blue which is only available on the M Sport model.

 

BMW is synonymous would an interior layout with the driver in mind. The new 3 Series does not disappoint.

 

new BMW 3 series 2019 interiorFeatures include a newly designed instrument cluster, a start/stop button in the centre console and a newly designed selector lever.

 

One thing that has not changed is the fantastic iDrive system, a firm favorite with BMW drivers.

 

BMW say that customer feedback revealed that the old model was 'too cluttered' in the cabin. The new model is said to be 'smoother and calmer'. Improvements in the quality of the leather have also been made. The buttons and controls have also been grouped for simplicity.

 

Performance

 

The launch range of the G20 will see two power units employed initially. These will be the four cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The Diesel variant will allow for a choice of either an all new six-speed manual or the eight-speed Steptronic gearbox. The all wheel drive ‘xDrive’ version will also be available on the 320d at launch.



 

Model

BMW 320d

BMW 320d xDrive

BMW 330i

Power (bhp)

190

190

258

Acceleration

(0-62mph)

7.1

6.8 auto

6.9 auto

5.8 auto

Top

Speed (mph)

149

145

155

Fuel Consumption combined (mpg)

64.2

67.3 auto

62.8 auto

48.7 auto

CO2

emissions (g/km)

115

110 auto

118 auto

132 auto

Prices from

£33,610

£36,800

£37,660




 

 

Reviews

 

The 2019 3 Series has been almost universally well received by the automotive press.

 

  • AutoExpress ‘5 Star….. It’s more comfortable, practical, refined and technologically advanced than it has ever been’

 

  • Whatcar ‘5 Star…...The BMW 3 Series leads the charge in the premium executive class’

 

  • Autocar ‘4.5/5…….Seventh-gen BMW 3 Series has another big growth spurt, but size seems no obstacle for an engaging driving experience’

 

  • Parkers ‘4.8/5……..The BMW 3 Series remains among the best in its class’

 

  • Carwow ‘9/10…….The 2019 BMW 3 Series is a posh saloon that’s great for the family but also loads of fun to drive’


 

Always a firm favorite with the UK public, the 3 Series has often been in the top 10 best selling cars in the UK. This position has slipped a little in recent times. The new 3 Series has every chance of seeing that spot regained.

 

For more details contact your local BMW dealer.

 

 

 

 

 

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